Groupon, a Chicago-based website that offers daily deals for local restaurants, cultural events and services, has filed a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against two Australian businesses, claiming they use "confusingly similar terms" to provide similar services, ChicagoBreakingBusiness.com reports.
According to the lawsuit, Groupon, which has used its federally-registered name since October 2008, alleges that the two businesses, Groupon Pty Ltd. and Scoopon Pty Ltd. were established this year and plan to provide identical services to the U.S. corporation.
The lawsuit, filed recently in U.S. District Court in Chicago, is seeking damages and Groupon wants the businesses to stop the use of the names.
According to the news provider, the website www.scoopon.com.au features discounts and coupons from various businesses, which is exactly what the Chicago-based company offers. In addition, www.groupon.com.au, which is not yet operating, claims to be "from the people behind Scoopon," the news source said.